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The Costello Stadium in Hull was the setting for the English Schools Combined Events North East qualifiers this weekend, with our team of juniors representing their counties, and looking to qualify for national finals in September. The competition took place over two days, and was a grueling but rewarding experience for all involved! Here is how it unfolded:

Junior Boys (U15) Pentathlon: Luke Pichler became Regional Champion on saturday with a fine series of performances. There were wobbles along the way including 2 fouls in the long jump, and nearly falling after clipping a hurdle - however Luke showed incredible maturity and composure throughout, finishing the day with a big 800m PB of 2:29.33 to take 1st place with 2378pts. Luke is on his way to nationals in September.

Senior Boys (U19) Decathlon: Alfie Ward became the clubs 2nd ever decathlete, showing incredible strength and character to take 3rd place after an exhausting 10 events. He took 7 club records in total, a highlight being 6.80m in the long jump. It nearly went badly wrong in the hurdles but Alfie kept his head high and finished with a total of 5350pts , and he is likely to receive an invite to nationals.

Intermediate Girls (U17) Heptathlon: Millie Train is the first Blyth athlete since 2009 to take part in a heptathlon, and she produced the most exceptional performances across the 2 days. On day 1 the highlight was a 1.47m high jump PB, whilst on day 2 her massive long jump (4.84m) and Javelin (19.28m) PB's were breakthrough moments. She finished the event in 5th place out of 15, helping Northumberland to finish as 2nd team, and was first north east athlete with a club record 3663pts. She has an outside chance of a call-up for nationals, but regardless, she had the most amazing weekend.

Junior Girls (U15) Pentathlon: We had Hannah Wilson (Durham), Senna Gorvett (Northumberland) and Sadie Parker (Northumberland) competing alongside friends and training partners from other clubs. Sadly Sadie's day ended early, as she had to withdraw due to injury. Prior to this however, she had set PB's in the shot put (8.37m) and hurdles (12.98s). Senna Gorvett ran in the fastest hurdles heat and competed well, but highlights were big PB's in the high jump, shot put and 800m. However she learned that things do not always go to plan after a tricky long jump. She finished the day with 2223 points, and was top scoring Northumberland athlete as the team finished 3rd. Hannah Wilson began with a hurdles PB (12.55), but topped that with a fine long jump performance, leaping out to 5.10m which was a massive PB and outright club record. A well paced run in the 800m scored her another PB, meaning she finished the day with a huge 2804pts, enough for 3rd place overall and an invitation to national finals.

It was an emotional and exciting weekend, with lots of memories made. Combined events provide young athletes with a unique and challenging athletic environment - its so exciting to see our young athletes engaging with it :-)

Congratulations to our 3 Team Blyth juniors who have been selected for the English Schools Championships which take place in two weeks in Manchester.

Alfie Ward (Northumberland, Senior boys long jump)
Millie Wilkinson (Durham, junior girls 100m)
Koffi Avornyo (Northumberland, inter boys High jump)

Selection for these championships is always extremely tough, especially so this year with covid restricting numbers. Good luck to Alfie, Millie and Koffi.
DK Mile - This week 3 of our juniors took on the DK Mile, Caitlin Creaby equalled her PB, whilst older sister Lauren was fastest Overall. Frankie, Daniel and William were all just outside their PB's, but it was great to see 5 juniors in the top 11 up against the seniors!
We are delighted to have been awarded a grant of £320 from England Athletics club support grant. This will go towards facility hire as we continue to build an exciting future for #TeamBlyth
Our next NEYDL is at MORPETH in 3 weeks! Now is the time to let coaches know if you want to take part. Find out more here:

NEYDL Team Blyth webpage
We are now able to offer a full range of training groups. Spaces are strictly limited with waiting lists applying in some groups. All details at
Please ensure your membership is up up-to-date before returning to training. You will not be able to compete until membership has been paid.
Our blog has been updated for the first time since 2019! Check our Dan's personal thoughts on where we are at the moment. READ HERE

We are delighted to be able to launch the Team Blyth kit range!

A huge thanks to Michael McKenna for setting this up, and Ross Pichler for the graphic design.

Please double check the sizes as nothing can be returned with them having logos and possibly initials on too. If it doesn’t state men’s or women’s on a particular item, it will be based on male sizing so girls might need to go down a size.
We have an upgraded website. Watch out for exciting additions in the coming months, including an athlete portal!
WANT TO GET INVOLVED? - Why not train to become an athletics official. Athletics cannot take place without officials, and you can score points for #TeamBlyth as part of a rewarding and varied vocation. The club we pay course fees for any members, juniors, parents etc that want to get involved. DETAILS

If any of our juniors aged 14+, or parents/family members would like to start on their coaching journey - then check out the Leading Athletics course (online). In most cases club will pay the course costs.
CROP TOPS - cost £18. Available in these sizes: S youth 26 / M youth 28 / L youth 30 / XL youth 32 / small 34. Place your order with Dan. We will have a few spares in most sizes if anyone else would like one

#TeamBlyth runs entirely through the support of volunteers. We always encourage new coaches and officials, and the entire cost of courses and coach development will be covered by the club and Northumberland Athletics Network. For details of courses, see this link /

We are in particular need of officials in all areas, and coaches to support our growing squad of amazing young athletes. Furthermore, we have lots of roles available in event management, admin, social media management etc etc. Ask for more details.

May we remind all parents and young athletes that we expect a positive attitude, hard work and good behaviour at all sessions and competitions. Please read our code of conduct for athletes, parents/carers and coaches/volunteers HERE
All Blyth Running Club T&F records are recorded for each junior age group. Follow this link to be directed to the website. 
If you want to feature in our #TeamBlyth Rules feature, message Dan
Blyth Running Club Juniors Facebook
Blyth Running Club Website
Email Rob (Combined Events coach)
Email Julie (junior membership secretary, kit enquiries)
Email Craig (middle distance, XC, endruance coach, media enquries)
Email Steve (middle distance, XC, endurance coach)
Email Ralph (Club secretary)
Email Dan (sprints, hurdles, jumps coach)
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